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Obon Will Always Be Obon

Issue:
June 15, 2022

Obon, like many Japanese American cultural practices, exists in the intersections of race and religion. Although Obon is a more widely accepted cultural-religious practice, this was not always the case.

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The Evolution of Collegiate Taiko

Issue:
May 20, 2020

Collegiate taiko has had a prolific expansion over the last couple of decades. Let's explore how it's grown and where it still needs to go.

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Old Good Things

Issue:
November 24, 2020

What are we going to do with all this old stuff?

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Nikkei Diaspora: Oshogatsu

Issue:
June 14, 2020

Starting the new year with friends and family... around the world.

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New Years Traditions

Issue:
October 21, 2020

Counting down to midnight is a worldwide tradition of New Years Eve. We asked our friends what else they do to ring in the new year, every year.

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Osechi Top 8

Issue:
January 2, 2021

Read one author's family ranking of traditional Japanese New Year's foods - the Otera Osechi Top 8, ranked by how satisfying the prep experience is.

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Christmas Cards: Yea or Nay?

Issue:
June 11, 2020

Christmas cards feel like a holiday staple, but not everyone feels the ~spirit~ of the exchange. Are you #TeamChristmasCards??

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Hearing (And Sharing) Our Grandparents' Stories

Issue:
June 11, 2020

Deep down, we know it's important to make an effort to hear our grandparents' stories, but starting those conversations can sometimes be challenging. Here's another reminder that it's definitely worth trying.

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Mottainai: Culturally Embedded Sustainability

Issue:
May 20, 2020

More than just a word, mottainai holds deep cultural and historical meaning. Let's explore how this word can be a critical rallying call for this generation.

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GAME TIME: JA Cranium

Issue:
September 5, 2020

Trivia, pictionary, origami, and charades -this game has it all! Test out your knowledge of the Japanese American community with this unique take on the beloved game Cranium. For ages 16 and up.

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